The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

105k votes 8k voters 162k views 99 items tags f p @
While some of the best drama TV shows are long gone (we'll never forget you, Breaking Bad), others like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and even American Horror Story keep us interested, toy with our emotions, and certainly keep our DVRs busy as we follow along with the dramatic story lines.

Many of the best, most acclaimed series come from networks like CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX while others were only available from basic cable stations like AMC and FX. Even others were limited to those with the pay channels like HBO and Showtime or streaming providers like Netflix and Hulu - which make it easy to decide which shows to marathon. Regardless of network, these series get us interested and keep us hooked to all the action throughout the year.

The best drama shows of all time provided a bit of something for everyone. Sci-fi and horror lovers had plenty of options like The Strain and American Horror Story while those looking for courtroom dramas could choose from the likes of The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Old favorites like CSI and NCIS continue to hold strong on network TV, but the best dramatic television shows also include Netflix series such as House of Cards and Daredevil, along with cable favorites including Game of Thrones and True Detective.

So whether you're a fan of the warm and fuzzy dramas or the hard-hitting crime shows or any in between, one or another of the best dramatic series on TV is sure to keep you crying, cheering, or simply entertained.

Check out more lists like the most loved tv shows of all time, the top premium cable series, and he best sci-fi shows
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 91 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 50
    + 248
    - 306

    added by LanaYoshii
    Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

    ;
  2. 49
    + 178
    - 140

    ranked low on reranks & added by jeff-cosenza
    Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

    ;
  3. 48
    + 226
    - 309


    Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

    ;
  4. 47
    + 145
    - 186


    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

    ;
  5. 46
    + 185
    - 194


    Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

    ;
  6. 45
    + 176
    - 181


    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

    ;
  7. 44
    + 297
    - 548

    often listed & added by LeneMadsen
    Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

    ;
  8. 43
    + 195
    - 234


    Raim Malek, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater

    ;
  9. 42
    + 244
    - 225


    Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

    ;
  10. 41
    + 308
    - 308


    Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

    ;
  11. 40
    + 281
    - 388

    added by LanaYoshii
    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

    ;
  12. 39
    + 407
    - 613

    often listed & added by JenniferM.Collins
    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

    ;
  13. 38
    + 202
    - 128

    ranked low on reranks & added by clash1977
    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

    ;
  14. 37
    + 274
    - 230

    ranked low on reranks
    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

    ;
  15. 36
    + 505
    - 733

    added by lonjagger
    Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

    ;
  16. 35
    + 374
    - 451

    added by LanaYoshii
    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

    ;
  17. 34
    + 490
    - 773

    often listed
    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

    ;
  18. 33
    + 608
    - 931


    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

    ;
  19. 32
    + 424
    - 528


    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

    ;
  20. 31
    + 553
    - 881


    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

    ;
  21. 30
    + 293
    - 384


    Joey King, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

    ;
  22. 29
    + 317
    - 307

    ranked low on reranks
    Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

    ;
  23. 28
    + 614
    - 765


    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

    ;
  24. 27
    + 643
    - 911


    Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

    ;
  25. 26
    + 617
    - 686

    ranked low on reranks
    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

    ;
  26. 25
    + 399
    - 592

    often listed & added by premesh
    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

    ;
  27. 24
    + 459
    - 451


    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

    ;
  28. 23
    + 691
    - 1,017

    added by cfletcher4956
    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

    ;
  29. 22
    + 703
    - 851


    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

    ;
  30. 21
    + 481
    - 462

    added by draga
    Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

    ;
  31. 20
    + 799
    - 826

    added by john1111
    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

    ;
  32. 19
    + 694
    - 980


    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

    ;
  33. 18
    + 359
    - 410

    added by RondaBandy
    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

    ;
  34. 17
    + 669
    - 1,059

    often listed
    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

    ;
  35. 16
    + 706
    - 636

    added by nicolas.verret
    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

    ;
  36. 15
    + 596
    - 459

    ranked low on reranks & added by LanaYoshii
    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

    ;
  37. 14
    + 1,026
    - 1,068


    Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

    ;
  38. 13
    + 951
    - 1,089


    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

    ;
  39. 12
    + 738
    - 756


    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

    ;
  40. 11
    + 921
    - 1,140


    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

    ;
  41. 10
    + 981
    - 815

    added by bojanthebest
    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

    ;
  42. 9
    + 1,035
    - 1,015


    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

    ;
  43. 8
    + 1,478
    - 1,528

    added by AriqFakhri
    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

    ;
  44. 7
    + 1,108
    - 1,300


    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

    ;
  45. 6
    + 913
    - 1,071


    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

    ;
  46. 5
    + 1,021
    - 801

    added by LeneMadsen
    Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

    ;
  47. 4
    + 1,427
    - 1,402


    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

    ;
  48. 3
    + 1,262
    - 1,018

    added by IsabelBaker
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

    ;
  49. 2
    + 2,022
    - 1,432


    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

    ;
  50. 1
    + 2,547
    - 1,292

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

    ;
100 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >